Three haiku on Wordsworth’s ‘LIBERTY'

Addressed to a friend; the gold and silver fishes having been removed to a pool, in the pleasure- ground of Rydal Mount.


A robin, a cage.
Blake rages. Dreams the shutters
Of the dark city open.

Gold fish, a crystal vase.
Words* worth opposing. Frees his mute friends
Into the wild water.

Mosquitos, a cell.
Mangakis, in solitary, bares his arm
For common bread.


Richard Mabey's Nature Cure (2005) was shortlisted for the Whitbread, Ondaatje and Ackerley awards. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Literature

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